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Hibbing Community College instructor nominated for excellence in teaching award
HIBBING – Hibbing Community College law enforcement program instructor Steven Kovacic is among 31 outstanding educators from college campuses around the state, as well as seven nominees for the Professional Excellence in Service Award from state universities, who will be recognized by the Board of Trustees for their exemplary work with and service to students, their institutions and Minnesota State.
These individuals have been designated by their presidents to acknowledge and reward exceptional individual professional accomplishment, and to encourage ongoing excellence. Steven Kovacic holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in sociology/ criminology, a certificate in POST Board Skills from Minneapolis Community College, a master’s degree from Bemidji State University in industrial technology, as well as post-master’s credits in criminal justice from St. Cloud University.
Kovacic’s impressive professional resume includes, among many other things, 20 years as the defensive tactics and use of force instructor at the Arrowhead Regional Law Enforcement Training Association,
10 years as a deputy sheriff for Itasca County, and 10 years as an investigator for the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Kovacic has served as a contractor for the Anti- Terrorism Assistance Program through the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, United States Department of State and United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) through the Department of Defense— Counter Narcotics and Global Threats.
Currently Kovacic is employed on the Cuyuna Police Department as a patrolman and department trainer and as an instructor in the law enforcement program at Hibbing Community College where he serves as the lead instructor for defensive tactics and firearms.
Kovacic is considered to be a highly trained, experienced tactical instructor and protection specialist with 33 years of experience in the law enforcement and security related fields and is a 4th degree trained black belt in Tai Kwon Do. `In addition to receiving this recognition, the honorees are also nominees for the “Educator of the Year” awards that will be announced April 19 at the Awards for Excellence ceremony.